What the Hell Happened to Mike Myers?
Mike Myers successfully made the transition from Not Ready for Prime Time Player to movie star. His characters and catch-phrases were inescapable. Myers wasn’t just a comedian, he was shaping pop culture. And then, he stopped.
What the hell happened?
Myers’ first acting job was on a TV commercial when he was 10 years old. The commercial co-starred Gilda Radner, who was about to become a star on Saturday Night Live. In 1989, Myers would follow in Radner’s footsteps as a cast member of SNL.
In 1975, a young Myers appeared on the Canadian sitcom, King of Kensington.
Many years later, Myers named the character played by Elizabeth Hurley in Austin Powers “Vanessa Kensington” in tribute to the TV show that gave him his start.
In 1979, Myers appeared on another Canadian TV show, The Littlest Hobo. The show is about a stray German shepherd named London who wanders from town to town helping people in need. Sort of Lassie meets The Incredible Hulk. In the episode Myers appeared on, London encourages a child in a wheelchair to participate in a freisbee competition.
To date, no characters have been named after The Littlest Hobo.
In 1982, Myers joined the Canadian touring company for Second City immediately out of high school. From there, he moved to the United Kingdom. In 1985, Myers was one of the founding members of The Comedy Store Players, an improvisational group based in London.
Myers also played a delivery boy in the TV movie, John and Yoko: a Love Story. Here’s a clip with both of his lines.
In 1986, Myers starred in the British children’s TV program Wide Awake Club. Myers satirized the show’s typical energy with his own bit, the “Sound Asleep Club”.
Here’s a retrospective about The Wide Awake Club which includes some footage of Myers doing his bit on the show.
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Posted on October 3, 2012, in Movies, Saturday Night Live, TV, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actor and tagged Austin Powers, Mike Myers, Saturday Night Live, shrek, Wayne's World. Bookmark the permalink. 292 Comments.